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"Convergence and Society: Science, Health, and New Dimensions of Communication"- October 11-12, 2010

This year, the University of South Carolina's annual Convergent Journalism conference combines the traditional focus on convergent journalism with studies of health and science communication. The result is two days packed with research, case studies, and practical advice for researchers, teachers and practitioners across these areas of media studies.

Conference Co-Chairs are USC's Augie Grant and Andrea Tanner. More than 45 paper, panel and abstract submissions have been reviewed, and the accepted submissions have been assembled into a program that explores the conference themes.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is hosting a pre-conference reception Sunday, October 10, from 7-9 p.m. at the Courtyard Hotel. The conference opens at 8:30 a.m., Monday, October 11th with a full day of sessions at Newsplex. Monday ends with our Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Cohen. Tuesday features a full day of sessions at the host hotel. The conference ends Tuesday evening with the Participatory Plenary roundtable discussion allowing everyone an opportunity to discuss the issues and research explored during the conference.

The host hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott, 830 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC. To get the conference rate of $99 (single or double, including parking and high-speed Internet access), call 803-799-7800 and mention "USC Convergence" or click this reservations link.

Please direct questions about the conference via email to Augie Grant.

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CNN Senior Medical Correspondent to speak at USC's Science, Health and New Media Conference

Elizabeth Cohen, a senior medical correspondent for CNN, will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 "Convergence and Society: Science, Health & New Dimensions of Communication" Conference on Monday, October 11th.

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Cohen's reporting has contributed to CNN winning two Emmy Awards for news coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Cohen has received numerous other accolades for her health consumer reporting including a sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, National Headliner Award and a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. Most recently, Cohen added clarity to reporting on the global response to H1N1 influenza, interviewing patients and reporting the latest prevention updates.

Cohen' s digital news column "The Empowered Patient" on CNN.com provides information to consumers on how to ensure the best medical care for themselves and their families. Cohen recently published her first book, The Empowered Patient: How to get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time.

   

Cohen is an alumna of Columbia College, where she received a bachelor's degree in history. She earned her master's degree in Public Health at Boston University.

This year, the University of South Carolina's annual Convergent Journalism Conference will focus on on health and science communication. The conference is co-sponsored by the USC's Science and Health Communication Research Group and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and will take place October 11-12, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina. The two-day event will provide a forum for the presentation of research regarding science and health communication, particularly regarding how science and health messages can be effectively communicated to the public through new media and technology.

For more details about the conference please visit: http://Newsplex.sc.edu

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